Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw Wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Swedish singer Måns Zelmerlöw is the winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Zelmerlöw took the top prize with his upbeat pop track “Heroes,” which he performed in front of animated visuals.

Russia’s Polina Gagarina came in second place, with Italy placing third.

“I’m so happy and I want to say thank you for voting for me,” Zelmerlöw told the crowd. “I want to say we are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in – we are all heroes.”

The newly crowned winner came under fire last year after saying that homosexuality  was avvikelse, or “abnormal,” and that same-sex couples should not be parents.

He later apologized, however, saying, “I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.”

This year’s Eurovision was co-hosted by the 2014 winner, drag performer Conchita Wurst.

Check out Zelmerlöw’s winning performance below.

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